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Polymer Physics (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar


July 21-22, 2012


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Amanda McDermott

Associate Chair:
Nicholas B. Tito

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Polymer Physics is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is student research that may include polymeric glasses, ion transport, copolymers, self-assembly, or other systems and phenomena of current interest in polymer physics. Following a keynote address, poster sessions, and student talks arranged to highlight the complementary nature of different methodologies, the meeting will conclude with a panel featuring senior scientists from industry and national labs, Careers in Polymer Physics: Beyond Academia.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Polymer Physics" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmTuning Polymeric Materials by Local Control
Discussion Leaders: Nikta Fakhri (Univ. Goettingen) and Nicholas Tito (Dartmouth)
3:47 pm - 4:01 pmMiriam Unterlass (ESPCI Paris)
"Catalytic Control of Vitrimer Dynamics via Metal Complexes"
4:01 pm - 4:08 pmDiscussion
4:09 pm - 4:23 pmSomsubhra Maity (NC State)
"Utilization of metal nanoparticles as light-activated heaters for in situ processing within polymer nanocomposites"
4:23 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:45 pmGlasses Under Stress
Discussion Leaders: Justin Pye (Emory Univ.) and Siyang Gao (Texas Tech)
7:31 pm - 7:47 pmBenjamin Bending (Univ. of Wisconsin)
"Deformation-induced Molecular Mobility Allows Polystyrene Glasses to Flow"
7:47 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:56 pm - 8:12 pmLaura Gray (Emory Univ.)
"Physical Aging of Polymer Thin Films Stressed During Glass Formation"
8:12 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:21 pm - 8:37 pmMathieu Capelot (ESPCI Paris)
"Vitrimers: Silica-like Malleable Thermosets"
8:37 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Address
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmAnthony J. Ryan (Univ. of Sheffield)
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 12:00 amSocial Reception in Kendade Hall
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amExploiting Phase Behavior
Discussion Leaders: Abelardo Ramirez-Hernandez (Univ. of Wisconsin) and Woo-Sik Jang (Yale Univ.)
9:01 am - 9:17 amJustin Kennemur (Univ. of Minnesota)
"Rational Design Strategies for New Block Copolymer Nanolithography Materials"
9:17 am - 9:24 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:41 amBryan Beckingham (Princeton)
"Phase Behavior of Amorphous and Semicrystalline ABC Block-Random Copolymers"
9:41 am - 9:48 amDiscussion
9:49 am - 10:05 amJoseph Lott (Univ. of Minnesota)
"Physical Structure of Methylcellulose Hydrogels"
10:05 am - 10:12 amDiscussion
10:13 am - 10:29 amJessalyn Cortese (ESPCI Paris)
"Organization in Supramolecular Polymers"
10:29 am - 10:36 amDiscussion
10:37 am - 10:53 amKiarash Vakhshouri (Penn State Univ.)
"Charge Transport in Amorphous Polythiophene-Fullerene Blends"
10:53 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCareers in Polymer Physics: Beyond Academia
Discussion Panel Leaders: Nicholas Tito (Dartmouth) and J. Mirian Diop (Northwestern)
David Boris (Kodak)
Amalie Frischknecht (Sandia)
Carl Willis (Kraton Polymers)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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